Jets Week 7 offensive report card, presented by Long Island University

Brian Bassett,

Overall Grade: 

The Jets did a good job of controlling the football by holding onto the ball for 40 minutes and using the passing game judiciously.  On the whole everyone executed their assignments well and the only real concern was the team’s inability to get the ball into the end zone and settling for too many field goals in the first half.

Long Island University Small“It was there,” coach Rex Ryan said after the game. “It was there for us,”

Grade: B+

Quarterback: Geno Smith had a solid, but unspectacular game for the Jets.  The biggest mark against him came because of his inability to convert points into touchdowns in the red zone during much of the game.  One example of this came when Geno rushed a pass to Jace Amaro in the end zone on a potential game tying two-point conversion.  A little more touch or waiting half a beat longer might have yielded a different result.

“Jace did a great job of getting open,” Smith said after the game. “I’ve got to give him a better ball. That’s completely on me. He ran a great route and I didn’t give him a good enough ball.”

Grade: C-

Running Backs: Facing a banged up Patriots defense, the Jets rushing attack couldn’t be stopped and might have been better served had the Jets ran more through the first three quarters of the game.  Chris Ivory ran for 107 yards and a score on 21 carries while Chris Johnson chipped in with 61 yards on 13 carries.

Grade: A+

Wide Receivers & Tight Ends: The pass-catchers did a good job of working in coverage and helping out Geno in the passing game.  One particularly stunning catch was Eric Decker’s (4 catches for 65 yards) crossing catch at the sideline working behind Darrelle Revis.  Decker’s body control on the play was pinpoint precise.

“I was on it like a hawk,” Darrelle Revis said after the game. “Great throw. I’ve got to give credit to them executing that pay. Great throw. Great catch by Decker.”

Grade: B

Offensive Line: The Patriots were able to pressure Geno Smith at times but on their whole the group kept their composure and helped pave the way for the team’s 218 yards on the ground.

Grade: A


Idzik: Harvin could be ‘coup’ for Jets

GM John Idzik said that the Percy Harvin trade could be a potential “coup” for the Jets.

“I think he’s a pretty explosive talent,” Idzik said on Monday. “I think he’s proven in this league that he could be a very explosive and dynamic offensive weapon.”

The Jets sent the Seahawks a conditional pick to get Harvin, with rumors following him to New York as to why the Seahawks would part with him. Still, Idzik thinks the move could be a beg thing in the division.

“I look at it as this could be a potential coup for the New York Jets, acquiring a player of Percy’s talent and his caliber,” the GM said.

As for those rumors, the GM said the team did their homework.

“We did a ton of background,” Idzik said. “As always, we do our due diligence with a player acquisition, and it was no different in this case. I just so happen to know a lot of people in Seattle very closely, so I guess I had that advantage, too. We had very forthright conversations about Percy and what happened there and I decided it was prudent to move forward.”

The 26-year-old Harvin has played in 60 games with only 47 career starts since being a first-round pick by Minnesota in 2009. He was traded to the Seahawks in 2013 for a 2013 first-round and seventh-round draft choice and a 2014 third-rounder.

Brian Bassett,

I’ve written a lot about it since Friday, but think that for a team that is looking to figure out how to improve Harvin makes sense.  Adding Harvin helps the Jets set their trajectory this offseason as they build for the future in terms of players and coaching staff and allows them to make better informed decisions on all of it.  There really is little to no downside to the deal.  It might be that Harvin and the Jets part ways in just a few months, or in more than a year but either way he adds incredible talent to a team that badly needs it offensively and will likely be willing to make concessions to find ways to get him the ball.

Are there concerns about his durability, attitude and effort?  Certainly, but fans in New York tend to concern themselves more with what’s happening on the field first.  A coach like Rex Ryan will do a better job of accomodating and motivating a player like Harvin, at least for a little while, than someone like a Coughlin.  It is hard not to see the move in some ways as hitting the reset button on how to assess the Jets coaches this offseason.

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Video: Harvin running routes at practice…

BGA: The Expendables – Regular Season Update #2


Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Jeff Cumberland, Darrin Walls, Nick Folk, Leger Douzable, Calvin Pace), they chose not to bring everyone back. Throughout the preseason, we kept track of the progress on the guys they let go to start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move. Now we’re into the regular season, we can provide our second update on how these players are faring…

Some stats from PFF are used in this article and throughout the series.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Arizona

Cromartie had a rough game two weeks ago against the Broncos, matched up against DeMaryius Thomas. Thomas had been struggling to produce, but exploded for over 200 yards against Cromartie, who was targeted 15 times, almost as much as the other six games combined. Thomas beat Cromartie for touchdowns of 86 and 31 yards, plus gains of 28, 24, 20 and 19. A bigger receiver like Thomas is usually the kind of match-up Cromartie handles well, but on this day, left on an island, he struggled to stay with him on crossing routes and got beaten over the top a couple of times. On one play he jammed Thomas at the line but Thomas fought off the jam to get a release outside and over the top.

Other than that one game, Cromartie has been extremely consistent and has good coverage numbers, giving up a reception on just 47 percent of his targets and breaking up a pass in every game apart from one. He also only has three penalties, while his teammate Patrick Peterson has eight. In yesterday’s game he did give up a few first downs and was lucky on one play where he got flagged for pass interference but then they picked up that flag, even though there was contact before the ball arrived.

Santonio Holmes, WR, Chicago

Holmes has been playing a backup role for the Bears, but hasn’t had a major impact yet. He’s caught just seven passes for 56 yards and returned seven punts for a 5.7 yard average. He did break a 22-yard punt return a couple of weeks ago. His longest catch of the year was a 15-yarder in week two, the only catch he’s made on six targets more than 10 yards downfield. Since then, he has just three catches for 15 yards.

Joe McKnight, RB/KR, Kansas City

After a great performance against the Dolphins in week three (6-64-2TD receiving), it looked like McKnight had resurrected his career. Sadly, he ruptured his Achilles tendon in practice the following week, ending his season. It looks like he’s going to have to rebuild his career one more time.

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Report: Seattle was ready to cut Harvin

The Seattle Seahawks were so desperate to rid themselves of Percy Harvin they were prepared to release him outright before trading him to the Jets, according to an ESPN report (ESPN, Oct. 19).

ESPN also reported that Seattle general manager manager John Schneider was “fully forthcoming and transparent” about Harvin’s widely reported issues with teams they contacted about possible trades.

The New York Post reported Seattle will get a sixth-round pick at a minimum in the deal and a fourth-rounder if Harvin is on the Jets roster in 2015 (Post, Oct. 18).

Brian Bassett,

Based on the compensation the Jets gave the Seahawks, there doesn’t seem to  be any reason to doubt it.

With that said, does that mean that the Jets should have waited for Harvin to be cut loose? Not necessarily. There would be no guarantee that Harvin would sign in New York as a free agent and the money is palatable and pay-as-you-go moving foward. But all things being equal, the team might have been better making a trade with the Eagles for DeSean Jackson back in the spring if they were going to make this move for a seemingly more troubled player before the end of the 2014 season anyway.

As I wrote over the weekend, Harvin will be a very expensive Rorshach blot for the Jets.

Adding Harvin gives the coaching staff a chance to state their case at what they could do with more talent. It gives the front office a long look at what Geno might be capable of with an infusion of talent. It gives upper executives a very concentrated look and how everyone in football operations is doing their job and allows them to make a better informed decision after the team’s final nine games of the season.